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Automatic security gate installation for the home is growing in popularity as systems get cheaper and more robust.

No longer the preserve of heads of state and celebrity footballers security gate installation not only keeps intruders out it can also enhance the value, quality and comfort of your home.

The main reason people have security gates installed in their homes Is to preserve privacy and to protect against intruders but automatic gate installation can have other positive uses such as keeping children and pets safe and secure.

Whether its convenience, style, safety or even just an aspirational accessory, automatic gates can add to the quality of your home and give a positive boost to property values.

Advantages of security gate installation

Installing electric gates outside your home offers a number of benefits.

  • Automatic gates can deter opportunistic intruders who will be concerned not only at getting into the grounds but getting out afterwards.
  • Coupled with fences and walls, electric gates can provide a secure perimeter around your home and keep children and pets safely inside.
  • Used with CCTV cameras, security gates can offer complete control over access to your home and property.
  • Stylish designs can enhance the appearance of your home and even add to its value on the property market, adding greater appeal to potential buyers.
  • Automatic gates are much more convenient than conventional gates as they can be opened or closed with the press of a button.

Many home insurance companies will offer a discount for properties that have electric gates installed and surveillance systems fitted.

How automatic security gates work

The first requirement for automatic security gate installation is that you have enough room.

A drive that already has manual gates probably has enough space for an electric gate to be installed.

It may even be possible to have electric gate openers incorporated into existing manually operate gates although it is often cheaper, and usually better, to start again from scratch.

There are several ways to operate automatic gates. Most employ remote access systems where a radio signal is transmitted by a key fob to a control box mounted near the gate.

The control box then activates a gate opening arm that swings or slides the gate open. The gate can be closed automatically a set number of seconds after opening or by using the key fob a second time.

Some gates use keypads to open the gates and these are often combined with a remote system to allow access to those visitors who may not have a key fob.

Only those who know the keypad code will be able to open the gate. For this reason, many automatic gates will have a pedestrian 'side gate' that can remain unlocked to allow postal and other deliveries.

Some electric gates will include an intercom system that allows the visitor to communicate with the homeowner in order to gain access.

Gate opening systems

There are two basic systems used to control the motor mechanism to open and close electric gates. The most popular is an underground motor while the cheapest are articulated arms mounted on the gate posts.

Most electric gates are designed to swing open just like a door. This type of gate will suit most homes but there must be enough room in the driveway, which also must not be too steep to allow operation.

Sliding gates don't require deep space on the driveway but they will need lateral space. This is the preferred option for those with steep driveways or a small space for car parking.

Whichever system is chosen — and Crown Securities UK can offer free advice on the best installation to suit your needs — the gates will need safety sensors to prevent them closing if an obstacle is in the way.

Crown Securities UK and Gate Safe

Crown Securities (UK) Ltd is proud to support the Gate Safe organisation and to implement its guidelines and codes of practice.

Gate Safe is a registered charity that campaigns for tighter guidelines and laws on gate safety and to raise awareness of critical safety issues associated with automated gates through training and education. For more information visit the Gate Safe website.

Please contact us on 0800 019 1131 for a free evaluation of your home and a selection of options for installation of automatic security gates for your home or business.

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